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and today we begin with the domino effect. the casualties from england's newspaper phone hacking scandal keep piling up, as england's top-ranking police officer abruptly resigned, and one of rupert murdoch's most trusted executives was arrested and questioned by police for 12 hours. nbc's stephanie gosk has details. >> reporter: london police chief resigned under intense pressure after it emerged that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the same year investigators decided not to further pursue the phone hacking case. the former editor, neil wallace, was arrested last week in connection with the scandal. >> i have a suggestion that we must have suspected the alleged involvement of mr. wallace in phone hacking. let me say unequivocally that i did not, and have no reason to do so. >> reporter: even with the head of police preparing to step down, scotland yard continues to make arrests.
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today, it was rebekah brooks, former head of rupert murdoch's newspaper arm here in the uk, who resigned herself on friday. it was just a week ago that murdoch flew to london and stood by her side, all smiles. brooks had a meteoric rise at the company, becoming editor of "news of the world" when she was only 32. it was in 2002, with brooks at the paper's helm, that "news of the world" reporters allegedly hacked the phone of murdered teenager millie doweler. a case that shocked and infuriated this country. brooks denies any knowledge of phone hacking and has apologized. restoring confidence in news corp may be difficult. something the company admitted in a second full-page ad in british papers this weekend. apologizing for our mistakes and fixing them are only first steps, the statement says. it may take some time for us to rebuild trust. >> and that was nbc's stephanie gosk reporting. and rupert murdoch and his son james will face tough questioning in parliament
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tomorrow. rebekah brooks is scheduled to appear, as well, but her spokesperson says her arrest will change that. to washington now, with the showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling is fast approaching the august 2nd deadline with no resolution in sight. there are plenty of plans, but no consensus. and while some of those proposals are headed for a vote, the white house suggests that the bare minimum may be all that's possible. nbc's brian moore joins us from washington. brian, good morning. >> good morning, lynn. the white house says it is confident will meet that august second deadline but right now it's not clear how that's going to happen. today on capitol hill, senator tom coburn unveils the most ambitious plan yet to break the debt ceiling stalemate. >> oh, i wouldn't expect it to pass. but i would expect people to look at it. >> reporter: he's taking aim on $9 trillion in government cuts. >> pick half of them. half of them solve our problem. >> reporter: it's just one of
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several competing republican efforts to beat the august 2nd deadline to raise uncle sam's credit limit. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is crafting what looks like the leading contender. but critics say it may be too much of a compromise. >> well, look, mcconnell plan doesn't have 218 republican votes, no way. >> what it does is it says, we the congress, will not take responsibility or accountability for our own decisions. >> reporter: before moving forward the tea party is getting a vote on a balanced-budget amendment. >> so the real deal to limit spending and get us in balance would be an amendment to our constitution. without that, we're just going to talk to each other, and run america into the ground. >> reporter: plenty of plans, but right now, no clear way forward. the balanced-budget amendment is unlikely to pass but it could well clear the path to an effort that might. live in washington i'm brian mooar, back to you. >> brian, thanks so much. now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. a bus trip headed to niagara
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falls ended in tragedy when two people were killed and 35 injured in a horrific accident. according to preliminary reports, a tire blowout caused the driver to lose control and crash into a group of trees on wooded median. a reconstruction team is expected to confirm the cause of the accident once their investigation is complete. in the white house, the first family had their eyes glued to the tv, watching the women's world cup final between japan and the u.s. while the president, first lady, and their two daughters look optimistic, this photo, they, like most americans, experienced the agony of defeat following america's crushing loss. of course we're going to have much more on the game coming up in sports. and finally, in california, a cluster of bees turned into a major buzzkill for fans. and one particular player, at the giants/padres game. the swarm moved through the stadium, forcing some fans to retreat from the stands.
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no injuries were reported, though. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. bill, good morning. a lot of people around the country suffering through this heat. >> yeah, we got this horrible heat wave. it's going to be historic by the time this week is over with. it's a long duration heat wave. also a little bit of breaking news off the florida coast. tropical storm bret has formed and this one is very close to florida. any time you get a tropical storm this close to florida or the u.s., you have to watch it closely. it's a weak tropical storm, winds around 45 miles per hour. there are tropical storm warnings for the northern bahama islands. this has been a forecast that kind of paralleled the southeast coastline. that's why we're not too concerned. it doesn't look like this should become a hurricane, probably staying a tropical storm during its life. gets a little close to the outer banks possibly in about three days from now. with this forecast track, this is going to keep the storm away from the u.s. now back to the heat wave. historic massive heat wave,
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right now centered over the middle of the country. what's going to happen is it's going to grow and expand all the way to the east coast. even areas like washington, d.c. could be over 100 degrees for two or three days in a row by the end of this week. so that's kind of a -- you know, you talk about historic, but also dangerous and maybe possibly even deadly. right now we have excessive heat warnings, all of these areas in orange, kansas city to minneapolis, through illinois. and as far as the temperatures go, we are about upper 90s here from texas to minnesota, and even 90s on the east coast. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. temperature today is going to be warm through new england. but, you actually are fortunate because you're going to get cooled off by some rain, thunderstorms late in the day. hopefully those storms won't be too strong or severe. pueblo, colorado, even you are in the 100s. easily, lynn, easily the hottest week of the year this year. it could be the hottest week we've seen in a couple years. >> unfortunately for a lot of folks out there. all right, bill, thanks so much. coming up, wall street feels
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the debt ceiling heat. news corp shares tumble. and who's the fairest of them all on facebook? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, a record shattering box office busting winner of the weekend for the boy wizard, and his pals. an unlikely winner, a riveting finish and a $1 million shot. you're watching "early today."
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good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. another blow to afghan president hamid karzai's inner circle, after gunmen killed one of his close advisers, as well as a member of parliament. the taliban is claiming responsibility. it comes less than a week after the assassination of karzai's half-brother. some terrifying moments in canada, when a sudden and violent storm caused the main stage in ottawa blues festival to collapse.
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the performing band, cheap trick, managed to escape unharmed, but at least five stage volunteers were hurt, one seriously. and, first it was mila kunis, then justin timberlake. now 90-year-old actress betty white has been invited to the marine corp ball. in a youtube video, sergeant ray lewis called the legendary golden girl funny, sweet and mature, the all-around perfect woman. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,479, after gaining 42 points on friday. the s&p rose 7 points. the nasdaq climbed 27. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei added 38 points. but in hong kong, the hang seng dropped 70. this week, along with the future of america's economy, traders on wall street will largely depend
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on what gets accomplished at the negotiating table in washington. with the debt deadline fast approaching, and ratings agencies already threatening to downgrade america's aaa rating, the jitters will intensify as long as time ticks by without an agreement. in fact, worries about those stalled negotiations, along with europe's debt problems, have already sent gold and the swiss franc to record highs today in asian trade, with nervous investors seeking safe havens. also in focus this week, earnings season resumes after last week's solid beginning. major financials goldman sachs, morgan stanley, bank of america, and american express will report. also weighing in, tech heavies apple, microsoft, and intel. the stock to watch this week is news corp. this morning, news corps's australian shares plunged over 7% to a two-year low with the arrest of rupert murdoch's former newspaper chief in england and the resignation of that country's lead police officer.
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this week, the united auto workers begin contract negotiations with detroit's big three automakers. chrysler, ford, and general motors. the first contract talks in four years, and the first since gm and chrysler emerged from bankruptcy. housing highlights this week, economic data with june housing starts tuesday, and existing home sales on wednesday. and finally, lady gaga is no longer the queen of facebook. rihanna is now the social network's top-ranking female celebrity with just above 40,800,000 likes. well, america's women fight bravely, but go down in flames in the world cup final against japan. for one brief and shining moment, it seemed like it was all theirs. the early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. and well-advertised historic
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heat wave is under way as it spreads during this week. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, after a handful of heart-stopping comebacks, the u.s. women's soccer team ran out of luck yesterday, just ahead of
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the world cup finish line. here's nbc's bill seward with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> i, everybody. it was a heartbreaking loss in germany, felt coast to coast here in the united states. the u.s. women's soccer team had the world cup title within reach, but could not close out japan. to frankfurt, germany, we go. after a scoreless half dominated by the americans, they finally break through late in the second. alex morgan scored her second goal of the tourney. u.s. up 1-0. they were ten minutes away from winning it, when disaster struck. sloppy play in the box, aya miyama took advantage, ties it at one and we go to extra time. another 30 minutes, and another lead for the u.s. morgan connects with abby wambach, her fourth straight match with a goal. stars and stripes up 2-1. japan got the equalizer in the final minutes off the corner. homare sawa with a perfect redirect pass. the resilient japanese force penalty kicks. that's when the u.s. completely felt apart.
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missed an unheard of three straight shots. the americans were stunned. kumake for the win. got it. a reason to celebrate for a country that has been through so much this year. japan, lifts the world cup trophy, and the spirits of a nation for the thrilling come-from-behind win. to golf, darren clarke had a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the open and phil mickelson made him sweat it out. drilled the long eagle on seven. lefty pulled even but couldn't get over the hump. clarke with room for error on 18. two-putt for the win, at 42 years of age. the irishman finally wins his first major. taking the open by three strokes. and the shot of the day wasn't from the open. former colorado avalanche joe sakic on the million dollar 17th hole. he shoots. he scores! $500,000 for him, and another 500 grand for charity. not a bad day on the links. that's your early look at sports on "early today," i'm bill seward. >> "early today" sports is
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brought to you by touch of gray. get rid of some gray, never all. well, an iconic american director sneaks in a personal milestone on harry potter's big weekend. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, endangered by environmental pollution, and banged up by abusive boaters, they're making their bid to stick around no matter what. and they may have found their poster boy. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back on this monday morning. hope you had a nice weekend. temperatures really, just off the charts in some areas today. we're going to be 98 in montana. 96 in minneapolis. dallas, this should be your 17th 100-degree day in a row. i mean, just ridiculous heat in the middle of the country. it's not cool in the east, either. d.c. at 94 today. watch out for thunderstorms in new england, especially during the afternoon. and a look at tuesday. kansas city at 100. many areas, just continuing this incredible heat wave. well if you're watching us on wfla-tv news channel 8, tampa, florida, on the feeding plateau of safari, africa, you get the chance to serve the tallest animals in the world at giraffe feeding. at tampa's lowry park zoo. that's your "early today" event of the day. i've fed giraffes before, it's hysterical. their tongues are this lo. they wrap around your hand. interesting.
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>> bill, thanks so much. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. this weekend in theaters, the harry potter film franchise said good-bye to its fans and hello to the record books. "harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2" took in over $168 million, beating the previous best opening weekend record of $158 million held by 2008's "the dark knight." it also set the record for best opening day with $92 million. and best midnight show debut with $43.5 million. overseas the film earned $307 million since opening day wednesday. the best international debut ever, including record openings in england, and australia. it made a lot of money. "transformers: dark of the moon" number one on the two previous weekends slipped to second with $21 million. for now, at least, it remains the year's top domestic pick. and finally a funny fact for film fans, woody allen's
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"midnight in paris" raised its total this weekend to $41.8 million. a personal revenue record for allen, beating his previous high for '86's "hannah and her sisters." this comes to us from wfla, news channel 8 in tampa, florida, where in nearby bradenton, a member at a treasure member of the state's wildlife community officially became a party animal, celebrating a major milestone. over the weekend, snooty celebrated his 63rd birthday in style. ed manatee received cards and well wishes from all the folks there. then enjoyed a special birthday treat made of all his favorite fixings. snooty may be the oldest known manatee in captivity but all the signs point to him bringing smiles to faces for years to come. i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station.
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good morning. on this monday, it's a steamy monday morning in the nation's capital, and the mercury is only going to get higher. i'm pat lawson muse, sitting in for joe krebs this morning. >> good morning to you. i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today." we begin with breaking news in southeast washington. firefighters are on the scene involving a number of boats at the washington boat club at the
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1500 block of "m" street northeast. tracee wilkins is live on the scene. >> reporter: good morning, eun. let me tell you, as i was driving over pennsylvania avenue from the sousa bridge coming in this direction, the entire area was full of smoke. you could see from the pennsylvania avenue bridge all of the work that was happening down on the water. you can see they had to fight this fire in two directions. that boat there, a fire boat, as well as here on the ground where they have fire trucks still here on the scene. just a few seconds ago, they were still pouring water onto one of the boats that's still smoking there, a little bit over there to the right. so this was a major, major scene here just a little while ago. let me show you some of the pictures that we took earlier this morning. you can see the flames coming up from these boats. there are four boats that caught fire down here. one, a 35-footer. this is, of course, a place where folks rent space to come and park their boats, or dock their boats

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